Last Week in Reality
Last week's news in bite-sized chunks. Illustrations by Ryan Chan
Super Soaker A Fanling woman, who has been resident in her building for 15 years, repeatedly complains to building management that her upstairs neighbors are too noisy. After receiving an unsatisfactory response she pours drain cleaning fluid from a water bottle onto herself and four attendees at a management meeting. All five suffer from second-degree burns to the head, face and body and are taken to the hospital. The neighbors had already installed carpet and put pads on their chair and table legs to reduce noise.
Hot Streak Two men are spotted running in the nude through Sai Kung. Witnesses estimate that they are in their 30s or 40s and may have run 600m. While investigating police find a man in a car park, drunk and wearing only boxers. They are unable to determine if the man has any connection to the streakers.
Lost and Found At 9pm a man finds an injured flying squirrel on a Tai Wai curb. He puts an open cardboard box over the squirrel and calls the SPCA and the police. At around midnight, the SPCA sends a crew to rescue the squirrel. The owner of the squirrel, who had reported his pet missing, arrives at 4am to collect the squirrel and take him home.
Pinyin Police A police officer changes the words on his motorcycle helmet from “POLICE” to “JING CHA,” the Pinyin equivalent of “Police.” A photo of his helmet is snapped and circulated online: Netizens decry the rise of Putonghua in Hong Kong. Security panel members say that the change was inappropriate, but not a serious offense.
Fair Dismissal A 38-year-old man brandishes a knife while he quarrels with the owner of a Mong Kok restaurant. The owner closes the glass door to keep him out, and he strikes the door with the knife repeatedly. Restaurant staff force him to the ground, and police arrest him and take him to the hospital for injuries incurred during the scuffle. The man is a former waiter who was fired after quarreling with customers and stealing beer from the restaurant.
Dummy Thief A man breaks the display window of a North Point phone shop with a homemade “meteor hammer” flail to steal an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from the display case. Upon hearing the noise, a security guard runs to the scene, but the man drops his flail and escapes. The owner of the shop realizes that the two stolen phones were dummy phones, each unusable and worth $100, while the two iPhones displayed next to the stolen dummies were the real handsets.
Honey Trap A 35-year-old prostitute catches her 28-year-old client filming their encounter on his mobile phone and calls for backup. Three young men enter the room, and force the client to give up his phone, $2,500 in cash, ATM card and PIN. They take $5,900 from his account and subsequently blackmail him for $200,000. The client calls the police for help, and is told to set up a meeting with his blackmailers. The blackmailers, the prostitute and the client are all arrested at the scene.